Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Adding color to your home

Here is a true story that happened to Moi!

My son and I picked out a wonderful blue to repaint his room and kick off a new look.  Benjamin Moores Nantucket Fog AC-22.   I headed off to the store color sample in hand   Picked out base paint.  The paint was all mixed and ready to go, little swatch on top.  On my way to the register a woman commented  "what a pretty color." Pretty, hmm.   While in line the cashier said "what a lovely Sea foam." Sea foam, hmm,  not what we were going for. I was getting nervous, thinking I may need to change job professions. Not to mention, my hubby was at home patiently waiting, all set up, walls sanded, washed, and taped. Whole afternoon set aside to get this job done for me. You get the point here, right?
My son had put complete trust in my design ability and sent me off saying he knew whatever I picked out would look fantastic!  I was a bit queasy.  I walked in and said " I think it would be a good idea to paint a swatch on the wall."
My husband not sure why, looking suspicious, agreed.

This story has a happy ending. The swatch on my sons wall was neither pretty or Sea foam.  It was in fact, exactly what we were was hoping for.  The lighting in the paint store had significantly changed the appearance of the color we chose.   So much so, that it did not appear to be just lighter or darker, it was a different color altogether.

Whew!!!  Very scary stuff people.   
All kidding aside.  Buying a can of paint is not the most expensive purchase you will probably make when deciding to redecorate.  Hiring a professional to prepare and paint a room for you on the other hand, well not so inexpensive.

Tip # 1
Choose the color in the room and the light it will seen in most often.
Go to the paint store and bring home several swatches of the colors you like.
Look at them in the room at different times of day.  

 "Wait"  are you saying " I haven't even figured out what color I like." 
Or, "I know what colors I like, but I'm not sure what would look the best."

In my next segment I will talk about color schemes, and share some of my ideas on how to choose a color pallet.  
Stay inspired!

Friday, February 17, 2012

What Color are You?

Let's talk Color

Color is a topic that always comes up in a design consultation. What color to use in a space can be one of the most personal statements about our visual preferences.  It also says something about our level of comfort with commitment.  I don't have a commitment problem you say.  I am not talking about commitment to a  relationship or job.   I am talking about commitment to color.  I confess, I too have an aversion to making a commitment to color at times.   After all it is so final.  While I am not a jump in let's paint the walls chartreuse kind of person, I can't imagine a room without color.   
So if your looking at your home right now and wondering if there are any shades of cream and white you have not used, stay tuned. 
We are going to add some color to your home, one step at a time.  
First off I am going to share some information with you about color .

Color and Your Emotions
excerpts from: What Hue are you, written by Denise Turner

While color preferences are very individual, colors have been scientifically proven to have consistent physical and emotional effects, which is worth considering when selecting colors for your environment or clothing.
Ancient Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, and Greek cultures were aware of the importance of Color Therapy. In fact, Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, used different colored ointments and salves on his patients and he painted his treatment rooms in colors that promoted healing.
Hippocrates discovered that red helped patients with circulatory problems while blue aided in reducing the temperature of feverish adults and children.
“Red is passionate and exciting and people who drive red cars drive faster than someone in a black car.” Turner says, “Pink is red however with the addition of white has a completely different effect. It slows the heart rate and calms aggressive behavior."

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Favorites: Thibaut Design

Today I am featuring one of my favorite wallcovering  and  fabric sources.

Thibaut Design
From classic to the most incredible interpretations of the classics, Thibaut does it for me.  While I love the look of a fresh coat of paint in a room, wallpaper takes any room and elevates it to Oh So Special.
Like a beautiful rug, it can set the color pallet and tone of an entire room.

Have fun looking at some of these amazing rooms.   The next time you need to be inspired about decor, think wallpaper.  Think Thibaut!

all photos courtesy of Thibaut Design